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Adam Lanza

Adam Lanza Biography

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Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, before shooting himself.

Who Was Adam Lanza?

Born on April 22, 1992, Adam Lanza is believed to have shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the head at her home in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, before traveling to the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he shot and killed 20 students between the ages of 5 and 10, and six adult workers. According to police reports, Lanza then turned the gun on himself, fatally shooting himself in the head.

Adam Lanza

Adam Lanza

How Deadly Was the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting?

Adam Lanza is believed to have shot 27 people: 20 children, six teachers and his mother. He is thought to have first shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the head at her home in Newtown, Connecticut, around 9 a.m. on December 14, 2012. He then took her car and drove approximately five miles to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he shot and killed 20 students between the ages of 5 and 10, as well as six adult workers.

According to reports, most of the shooting occurred in two of the school's first-grade classrooms; 14 students in one classroom, and six in the other, were murdered. Only two of the victims who were shot by Lanza—both teachers—survived the attack.

What Kind of Gun Was Used in Sandy Hook?

Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle, a type of AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, in the Sandy Hook shooting. An Izhmash Saiga-12, 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun was found in his car. There were also three weapons found next to his body, including a semiautomatic .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and two handguns.

Did Adam Lanza Kill Himself?

According to police, after firing between 50 to 100 shots, 20-year-old Adam Lanza turned the gun on himself, fatally shooting himself in the head as responders began arriving on scene, around 9:50 a.m. The motive for these senseless killings was unclear.

Is Sandy Hook Elementary School Still Open?

The original Sandy Hook Elementary school building was demolished in 2013 after Adam Lanza’s shooting spree. A colorful, airy new building, featuring multiple security checkpoints, reinforced walls and bullet-resistant windows, was opened in its place in August 2016.

Where Is Adam Lanza From?

Adam Peter Lanza was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, on April 22, 1992.

Adam Lanza’s Mother, Father and Brother

Adam Lanza’s mother, Nancy Lanza was a former stock broker and longtime gun enthusiast. Friends and neighbors said she took her son to the gun range to avoid leaving him alone, but she was responsible with weapons. Unlike her son, who was quiet and socially awkward, Nancy was outgoing and easily made friends.

Nancy married Peter Lanza, a successful executive, on June 6, 1981; the couple divorced in 2009, when Adam was 16 years old. Thereafter, Peter Lanza reportedly relocated to Stamford, Connecticut, and agreed to pay an annual alimony of $240,000 with periodic increases.

"With hindsight, I know Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat, if he'd had the chance," Peter Lanza told New Yorker magazine.

Adam had one brother, Ryan Lanza, who was six years his senior.

Was Adam Lanza Mentally Ill?

Adam Lanza was described early on by classmates as "fidgety" and "deeply troubled." According to some of his friends and family members, he had also been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting Report

Nearly a year after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, the police released their report on the shootings. The report detailed, among other things, what investigators found in Lanza's home. There were numerous weapons as well as ammunition. Lanza also had a number of books and articles on other mass killings. But all of this evidence still did not provide a clear picture as to why he decided to target the Sandy Hook Elementary School or what led him to go on this murderous rampage.

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